Crooked teeth are a problem. They get in the way of your highest confidence, downgrade your smile, and even affect your oral health. Many people know this. And yet, there is still a strong aversion to braces. This is evident by the number of people who choose to forego any treatment at all for misaligned teeth. It is also revealed by the popularity of treatment protocols that do not require the use of brackets and wires to straighten teeth. Invisalign is a prime example of such treatment.
Benefits of Invisalign:
Invisalign is often discussed for its obvious benefits, like letting patients eat whatever they’d like. If you’ve looked into this treatment, you are probably well-aware of what it can achieve. It’s also important to know what to expect when progressing toward your best smile.
- Straightening teeth with Invisalign doesn’t mean reaching your goal faster. Yes, Invisalign may work quickly in some cases of mild misalignment. So would braces, though. The objective of treatment is not to expedite the process, but to make it a little easier on the patient.
- Staining is a real risk. Adults who love to sip on a morning cup of coffee may find that they have to curb their habits when they start Invisalign. Patients cannot leave aligners out of the mouth for long periods of time. Additionally, you cannot drink colored beverages while wearing aligners. This means drinking one cup at a given time and then putting aligners back into place – after rinsing the mouth with water, of course.
- “Comfort” is a subjective word. When we’re comparing smooth plastic aligners to braces, one will come out a winner. When we’re talking about comfort in general, we need to be honest and say that patients should not expect for Invisalign treatment to be complete without potentially uncomfortable sensations. The teeth are moving, after all.
- There’s a hidden benefit. Interestingly enough, many adults who straighten their teeth with Invisalign also notice that they drop a few pounds. This is likely when there has been a strong snacking habit that is curbed due to the presence of aligners. Talk about a win-win!